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#811158 - 07/07/08 11:13 AM I hate Gander Mountain
Seminole39
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Here's a little story about a man (myself) trying to buy a new bow. Bow season is fast approaching and I decided to get a new bow. After many hours of researching the net and shooting countless times I decided on a Diamond The Rock. No big deal. There are a few Diamond dealers in my area. I call the first shop. "I'm sold out but I can order you one quick." OK sounds good to me since it's only 5 miles from work. 2 weeks later, still hasn't came in. I call another shop about 60 miles away. "I'm sorry, we are sold out." I call Bass Pro Shops (20 miles away but not my first choice). "We have plenty." I leave work early, drive down and all they have are the package deals. I need the bare bow. "We are sorry, that's the only way they come." Yeah sure. Finally I call Gander Mountain (60 miles from home). I had been to Gander the week before and they only had 2 left handed bows. I need right handed. I specificaly ask if they have right handed, "We sure do." I drive the 20 miles back from Bass Pro and the other 60 and guess what, only 2 they have are left handed! "I can order you one ASAP." Heard that one before. No thanks. Dejected I get in my truck, which loves gas anyway, and drive back to Bass Pro and buy the package. I figure I can take their cheap sights, rest and quiver off and sell on Ebay and try to make some of my money back (it's $100 more than the bare bow). Moral of the story is after driving almost 200 miles I got the bow I wanted kinda and I will never spend another dime at Gander Mountain. And by the way, the first shop still hasn't called. It is 3 weeks today.


Edited by Seminole39 (07/07/08 11:14 AM)
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#811187 - 07/07/08 11:32 AM Re: I hate Gander Mountain [Re: Seminole39]
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I have never bought anything from them . I had a similar experience with Bass pro when I drove 70 miles one way to buy a treestand . They didn't have it in stock after the told me on the phone they did .
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#811386 - 07/07/08 01:58 PM Re: I hate Gander Mountain [Re: Radar]
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Gander mtn in my opinion is the worst of the big retail outdoor stores!!
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#811395 - 07/07/08 02:15 PM Re: I hate Gander Mountain [Re: Winchester]
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 Originally Posted By: Winchester
Gander mtn in my opinion is the worst of the big retail outdoor stores!!


100 % agree with you

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#811441 - 07/07/08 03:17 PM Re: I hate Gander Mountain [Re: JohnnyBond]
mike243
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most of them suck due to the employees not being hunters & fisherman,they might know 1 end but not the other,face it if they paid what any of us wanted or needed to work there the prices would go way up.if you have 1 near you find out who knows what & remeber their name & only deal with them.i have had the run around so much over the years that im afraid to order anything unless i can look it up on the computer,the day of the small sporting goods stores are a thing of the past but maybe not gone fore good ?. mike243
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#811449 - 07/07/08 03:28 PM Re: I hate Gander Mountain [Re: mike243]
muddyboots
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I kinda like Gander Mountain myself. They everything where i can look at it myself. I dont have to ask some knucklehead if i can see it and let him pretend to know something about it. The got all the scopes, binos, and guns where i can touch them.
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#811451 - 07/07/08 03:30 PM Re: I hate Gander Mountain [Re: muddyboots]
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they never have some stuff for the serious hard core hunters and they are overpriced IMO........ especially if you are a duck hunter.

I been to both the one in Paducah KY and Jackson Tn.......


Edited by JohnnyBond (07/07/08 03:31 PM)

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#811468 - 07/07/08 03:44 PM Re: I hate Gander Mountain [Re: JohnnyBond]
BigCountry71
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What the sad part is..... All these mega stores are coming to areas and putting the mom and pops out of business.

And being a mega store. They are just trying to fill a spot in each dept. Now granted there are some that have people that have the knowledge. But let me tell you they are far and few in between. I dont mind paying a little more for the knowledge and service.
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